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What is the phrase 'the best' when translated from English to German?

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August 30, 2012 7:38AM

1. The word is Beste and the form of "the" is die because the word is feminine.

2. It's actually "das Beste". The word is neuter. "Ich hoffe auf das Beste." I hope for the best.

For comparison: gut, besser, am besten.

"Der beste Wein." oder "Dieser Wein ist am besten."

3. Actually it depends on the gender of the noun as to whether it is der, die or das beste (plural die besten), e.g. dieser Wein ist der beste; dieses Buch ist das beste, das ich je gelesen habe; sie ist die beste Schauspielerin der Welt.

In the phrase ich hoffe auf's Beste, Beste is no longer a superlative adjective but becomes a noun, hence the capital letter, and is gender neutral = das, compare das Gute - the good, as in for the good of mankind - für das Gute der Menschheit

Am besten is used as a comparative superlative in the sense of the most, e.g. ich mag alle Bruce Wilis Filme aber Die Hard gefiel mir am besten - I like all Bruce Willis films but I liked Die Hard the most (the best)